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Trump Pushes Back At Nikki Haley: No VP Slot For You!

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Trump Pushes Back At Nikki Haley: No VP Slot For You!

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Donald Trump’s vicious battle with the Republican establishment is expanding beyond mere skirmishes with his rival candidates. The newest gladiator thrown into the arena is South Carolina governor Nikki Haley — who, in a very unusual step, used her starring role in Tuesday night’s State of the Union rebuttal speech to hammer not only at President Obama, but also the national frontrunner of her own party.

“Immigrants have been coming to our shores for generations to live the dream that is America,” Haley said, invoking her own background as the daughter of Indian immigrants. “They wanted better for their children than for themselves. That remains the dream of all of us, and in this country we have seen time and again that that dream is achievable.”

“Today, we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation,” Haley said. “No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”

“We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration,” she added. “And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.”

The remark about not turning away immigrants on the basis of religion seems to have been a clear shot at Donald Trump, who has called to ban all Muslim immigrants.

During an interview Wednesday morning on the Today show, Matt Lauer asked Haley: “I just want to be clear here that when you were talking about those loudest voices, those angriest voices, in that context you were referring to Donald Trump, correct?

“He was one of them, yes,” Haley responded “He was one. There’s other people in the media, there’s people in my state, I think we’re seeing it across the country. But yes, Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk.”

For his part, The Donald responded during a phone-in interview on Fox & Friends, after the hosts played that Today clip back to him.

“Well, I respond a couple of ways. Number one, she’s very weak on illegal immigration — and you know, I’ve known that for a long time — she’s weak on on illegal immigration,” Trump said. “And she certainly has no trouble asking me for campaign contributions, because over the years she’s asked me for a hell of a lot of money in campaign contributions. So you know, it’s sort of interesting to hear her. Perhaps if I weren’t running, she’d be in my office asking me for money. But now that I”m running, she wants to take a weak side on immigration.

The key exchange comes at about the 4:10 moment below:

And oh, Trump noted, he’s winning in South Carolina.

“I feel very strongly about illegal immigration; she doesn’t,” he continued. “And I think the people in her great state — I love her state, I’m there a lot. And by the way, I have a massive lead — in South Carolina, we have a massive lead. They’re incredible people, and they feel like I do, believe me, because they don’t like what’s happening in our country.”

Trump was then asked about all the talk going around that Nikki Haley is an early favorite for the Republican VP slot. But would he still consider her?

“Well considering I’m leading in the polls by a lot, I wouldn’t say she’s off to a good start, based on what she has just said,” he responded with his typical bravado. “So let’s see what happens. We’ll pick somebody, but we’ll pick somebody who’s very good. But whoever I pick is also going to be very strong on illegal immigration.”

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42 Comments

  1. @HawaiianTater January 13, 2016

    Trump/Palin 2016! Woohoo!

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    1. Carolyn1520 January 14, 2016

      Sounds like something right out of the movie “Idiocracy”

      1. Cloudherder January 15, 2016

        No, actually in Idiocracy the president was a black man (Terry Crews) and there was no racism, religionism, or sexism. It was actually better than now in several ways. The people were just stupid. They thought it was good to irrigate their crops with Brawndo! It’s got electrolytes!! which killed the crops. It was more a statement of Big Agri going awry than what most people think it is.
        I would rather live in a world with no racism, religionism, or sexism ….. Excuse me while I go sing a couple choruses of “IMAGINE”

        1. Carolyn1520 January 15, 2016

          I was only thinking of the duo Trump/Palin in terms of stupidity.
          You’re right , the cast and plot were much different.
          Sing away! I’m with you on that! 🙂

  2. Carolyn1520 January 14, 2016

    I can’t think of any intelligent woman who would want to be in the company of Trump even for a VP slot.

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    1. Phil Christensen January 14, 2016

      They’ll line up around the block, including Haley if Trump actually gets the nomination. Because as demonstrated unequivocally during the Clinton administration, women love a-holes.

      1. Carolyn1520 January 14, 2016

        If you’re referring to Bill Clinton, his propensity for making bad decisions regarding women didn’t affect the state of the union, one bit. When he left office, it was in good shape and it took another Dem to straighten it out after it was trashed in the interim.
        Intelligent women love intelligent men. Everyone is the sum total of all their parts. Clinton is an intelligent man first and foremost. What he does personally is between him and Hillary. He’s not the first president to have made bad decisions regarding women. Many of the great ones did. To write any of them off as an a-hole for just one aspect of their personality is a tad too judgmental for me. Now if he was running for Pope, the job requirements might dictate otherwise. 🙂
        Haley is a republican. I’m of the mind if one can remain in that party after the hijacking, then their intelligence is automatically in question. While I think it was in her best interest to be true to her own beliefs, she is after all in a party that prefers their women to be seen and not heard unless they dictate the words.

        1. Phil Christensen January 14, 2016

          Its never a good idea to invest yourself in a particular politician and especially in a political party.The country was in a recession during Clinton’s last year in office. The dot com bubble had burst and the seven year plan to attack our country – which involved thousands of people, thousand of traceable documents, and thousands of hours of open-source communication was nearing its completion, and remained undetected. Was that one man’s fault? No. I would not place the blame on Clinton anymore than I would give him credit for the technical innovations which occurred during the 90s.
          As far as democrats “fixing” anything, well, if you want to call doubling the national debt “fixing,” then be my guest.
          Now – you strayed away from my point in order to take some partisan shots. If only I was a Republican, I would be irritated. 😉

          1. Carolyn1520 January 14, 2016

            Oh, I see, because you don’t claim to be a member of any party, you can infer Clinton was an a-hole and not claim it as a partisan shot and deny Dems fixed anything with a broad statement about doubling the national debt without regard to the details (contained in a mere glance at FactCheck for those who don’t want to dig ) You also made an incorrect generalization about women loving a-holes.
            I didn’t stray away from your point. In fact, I agreed with it. No doubt Haley would jump at the chance to run with Trump. I simply explained why. 🙂
            If that irrigates you, I have no control over that.

          2. Phil Christensen January 14, 2016

            I appreciate you taking the time to “irrigate” me. 🙂

          3. Carolyn1520 January 14, 2016

            You seemed to need it 🙂

    2. Jim Samaras January 15, 2016

      Did you see her backpedaling yesterday? She would walk through fire to be a vice presidential candidate albeit for all the WRONG reasons. Which is why Trump will NEVER pick her as a running mate.

      1. Carolyn1520 January 15, 2016

        No I didn’t see her. But she’s still a member of the republican party and back pedaling is something they have perfected. Besides it’s doubtful Trump having to pick a running mate will even be an issue..

        1. Jim Samaras January 15, 2016

          Both parties are guilty of the same crap Carolyn which is why Trump is a breath of fresh air

          1. Carolyn1520 January 16, 2016

            Breath of fresh air? Trump is the very essence of the republican party. He’s a walking talking cartoon character seemingly created from everything that party believes.
            If he’s a breath of fresh air, then we all need hazmat suits for protection.

          2. Jim Samaras January 16, 2016

            Yes, a breath of fresh air. The essence of BOTH parties is corruption and a self centered attitude with total disregard for anything in the public’s interests. If that’s so why is it that his own party is trying their best to bring him down? It will no longer be business as usual with a Trump presidency

          3. Carolyn1520 January 16, 2016

            He is one of them. The reason they don’t like him is he is saying out loud everything they believe and the smarter ones know that won’t win the party an election.
            There won’t be a Trump presidency, now or ever. The loudest and most crass is still the minority.

          4. Jim Samaras January 17, 2016

            The most crass are still a minority but the people WILL overlook the bombastic attitude for truth in the WH

          5. Carolyn1520 January 17, 2016

            We can agree to disagree.
            I don’t believe it will be with the likes of a Trump. As a country we are for the most part better than that.

  3. Paul Bass January 14, 2016

    ‘Wa Wa Nikki is mean to me, I’m going to take my football and go home!’ Trump

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  4. docb January 14, 2016

    What a whiner heil dumpster is…. He just hates it when tea gops tell the truth about him..especially WOMEN!

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  5. Jim Samaras January 14, 2016

    Some of you people still don’t get it do you? The GOP and DMC are BOTH out to get Trump because he will NEVER bow to big business, special interests or the lobbyists. They’re scared to death, and rightfully so, that politics as we know it will change drastically when he’s elected. The PEOPLE will be put first instead of the KINGSMEN who get the traditional politicians into office which makes their decision making processes more for them instead of what’s right. I posted this yesterday on another article but needs to be sung from the rooftops:

    You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately, so you hire a guy. A pro. You don’t care if the guy smells, you need those raccoons gone pronto and he’s the guy to do it! You don’t care if the guy swears, you don’t care if he’s an alcoholic, you don’t care how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he voted for Obama, you don’t care if he has plumber’s crack…you simply want those raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He’s the guy. He’s the best. Period.

    That’s why you want Trump. Yes, he’s a bit of an a$$, yes he’s an egomaniac, but you don’t care. The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two-faced & gutless, illegal’s are everywhere. You want it all fixed! You don’t care that Trump is crude, you don’t care that he insults people, you don’t care that he had been friendly with Hillary, you don’t care that he has changed positions, you don’t care that he’s been married 3 times, you don’t care that he fights with Megyn Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell, you don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorist,…this country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hamid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in; “AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED” and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want. You’re sick of politicians, sick of the Democrat Party, Republican Party, and sick of illegals. You just want this thing fixed. Trump may not be a saint, but he doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him, he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him; all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, and he’s also not a politician, he’s not a cowardly politician. And he says he’ll fix it.

    You don’t care if the guy has bad hair.

    You just want those raccoons gone.

    Out of your house.

    Now!!!!!!

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    1. Carolyn1520 January 14, 2016

      Thank you. If I ever have a raccoon problem, I’ll ask you for Trump’s number.
      Trump will never bow to big business? Huh. Could have fooled me.

      1. Jim Samaras January 14, 2016

        Not if it entails going against what’s good for America Carolyn.

        1. Cloudherder January 15, 2016

          Trump wants to be president so he can make it good for business and no one else. If you think otherwise you need to read his bio. There are multiple magazine articles and impartial books about him …. He is an evil man. Seriously.

          1. Jim Samaras January 15, 2016

            I believe your’re reading him wrong there. He will punish business for taking our jobs off shore and yes, reward them for bringing them back, evening out the playing field to make up for increased labor costs.

          2. Carolyn1520 January 15, 2016

            He has no qualms about benefiting from them though.

            “In a report out this week, Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Group ranked the Fortune 500 companies based on how many offshore subsidiaries they have and by the amount of cash they’re holding overseas. Trump owns stock in 22 of the top 30.

            According to the report, these 30 alone had 1,225 tax-haven subsidiaries and were holding over $1.4 trillion in those accounts. The researchers said the amount of money U.S. multinationals booked offshore doubled between 2008 and 2014.”

          3. Jim Samaras January 15, 2016

            I agree Carolyn, he’s been working the system that has allowed business to do such dastardly things to our country under the legal system of which he plans to change despite the fact it will cost him money.

          4. Carolyn1520 January 15, 2016

            He’s on an ego trip.

          5. Jim Samaras January 15, 2016

            If not an ego maniac why would ANYONE want to be president? Some hide it better, agreed, but most are and have been

        2. Carolyn1520 January 15, 2016

          Trump has never shown any of his actions take into account the greater good. Saying and doing are two different things. Trump has always been for Trump. The sudden change is so he can sell Trump. What he is selling doesn’t appeal to my humanity or my intelligence.

          1. Jim Samaras January 15, 2016

            He has been a BUSINESS man all his life! Business men are all about THEIR business, yes. I suppose it’s a matter of trust Carolyn. He’s always been an upfront guy in my book and has done a pretty good job in 90% of his en devours, saved time and money which is precisely what our country needs right now. i.e. his renovation of the ice rink in NYC. Under budget and in half the time. His employees and even ex wives have had nothing bad to say about him. His children are hard working, non addicted productive members of society. That says a lot imo! He’s the ONLY one, with the possible exception of Sanders who will not bow to big business, special interest or lobbyists. While being a good honest man, Sanders is a socialist but a helluva lot more principled than ANY of the other candidates, Democrat or Republican.

          2. Carolyn1520 January 15, 2016

            We aren’t electing a king. A president does not have ultimate power. Every single candidate has a wish list. Whether or not that wish list is fulfilled depends on many factors.
            Trump is a windbag. He speaks with very little knowledge and I’ve yet to hear him present any viable solutions to anything. He’s very vague on facts too.
            Trump is for Trump and the care and feeding of his huge ego.

          3. Jim Samaras January 15, 2016

            He lays out his plan quite well in his book “Crippled America” Take the time to check it out. Might I ask who you support Carolyn?

          4. Carolyn1520 January 16, 2016

            Why wouldn’t he present his “plan” to the American people he hopes to represent, for free?
            I don’t even to have to read the reviews to know his book is less about substance and more huff and puff. Why would I pay to read that?
            I don’t support any of the current republican hopefuls.

          5. Jim Samaras January 16, 2016

            Carolyn, I KNOW you don’t support any on the right, just wondered if you were feeling the Bern or a Hildabeast fan. Nobody has laid out a plan publicly on the media for how this or that will work or be paid for. Much fluff from all at this point

          6. Jim Samaras January 15, 2016

            Trump has a way of being VERY persuasive. Looking at his poll numbers says that. But one does not become as successful as he has by being a bull in a china shop. He knows he’s not being elected king and will use his charm (cough, cough) to get the job done when and if elected

          7. Carolyn1520 January 16, 2016

            Trump knows which buttons to push. Since the majority of the rights constituents operate on fears and feelings as opposed to facts, he zeros in on that with nonsensical solutions. He’s not persuading anyone, he’s feeding them what they already believe.
            Trump inherited his initial wealth. It’s much easier to built an empire that way than from the ground up. It takes a lot more than charm(?) or bullying to get things done in Washington or globally. He’s viewed as a buffoon by all but a relatively low number of citizens. It’s certainly not enough to win a national election.

          8. Jim Samaras January 16, 2016

            Facts? Like believing unemployment is at 5%? Or that the economy is doing great? Or ISIS is contained? Or the BLM movement is justified? He’s feeding them what they already can SEE not only believe. Trump got a boost with a 1 million dollar loan from his dad which was paid back! All he did THEN was turn THAT into multi BILLIONS. About 9,000 MILLION! Not too bad. We’ll not change each others’ minds Carolyn but I think you’re underestimating the number of citizens who are tired of being cajoled and lied to by this and previous administrations.

  6. FT66 January 14, 2016

    This woman Nikki Haley or those who sent her to attack Trump didn’t think. You can’t come forward openly and attack a person who doesn’t support himself. Nikki Haley could had thought first that,Trump never supports himself, but others do. Now tell me Nikki Haley, how can you change minds of more or less of 40% Trump supporters while you are attacking their leader? That is craziness of its kind, as you Nikki Haley, can never move a step further without their support.

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  7. Cloudherder January 15, 2016

    Trump speaks doublespeak. No where did Gov. Haley say she was in favor of illegal immigration. She said she was in favor of reforming the immigration system, which DOES need to be teconstructed in a bad way. It takes years and years for someone go through many levels to become a citizen. Trump substitutes ” weak” for wanting to do the difficult thing of reforming immigration. He thinks he is “strong” for wanting to do the very expensive and impossible task of throwing out illegal immigrants AND THEIR AMERICAN BORN CHILDREN ( check his speeches). The man is sick down to his toes.

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